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Pershing Wins Swim Title 

Track Teams Place 

By Richard Harris ™ j o 

Let us have a period of mourning before the regular gab j second in uty 

By Richard Harris 

Pershing swimmers had the other swimmers well in their 
wake as the younger boys walked, or rather swam off with the 
all-city title. The older boys missed receiving an all city title 
by the narrow margin of three points, Friday, May 15, at the 
Rice Hotel, I 

Last Intramurals 
Of the Year Played 

Ninth grade girls softball intra- 

fest, for now comes the dreadful period of the year when we! , |Rice Hotel, -~ 

must say good-bye to the great ninth grade athletes upon whom j Pei shmgs Pack teams p ace Th were ma ny preliminary Fiji J 

we have depended so greatly, j- second m the all cty track and field ^ tQ dedde who would swim LOSl mimmUmlS 

It is a shame to part with such I happened, the harm had already meet ’ which was held at the hlgh in the all city meet, avj* ,1 XT J}] 1 

great football, basketball, swimm-; been done> school stadium, after many practice , The winning of the title seems (Jj lilG 1 GCLY 1 LdtJGd 

I ng, and track stars, but it is also „ r , , meets. It was held the night of May | even more amazing when you con- „ . , , 

inevitable. Despite Ihe staggering Woe the Phantom Eraser sider that the „4er schools had Ninth grade gris softball mtra- 

klow dealt to us and the gym’ F'“ d if Ins identity is discovered, j ' j more boys in the meet than Per- »™'als almost fimshed, but at 

teachers, you can be sure that the And now we come to another ’ 1 shing and one of our relays was time Chatter goes to 

•ninth graders of next year, such congratulation. This one goes to the track boys made a good show- j disqualified because of a f ast start. P ress > the champion is still un- 
,as Gus Koerner, Buddy Ives, and the homeroom boys' softball teams ing. The old boys (14 and over) I Jf Qf the swimmers is to be known - The P la y° ff 1S between 

countless others, will come to our who won the intramurals. These placed first in the 600 yard relay, j nn :^ tpd ut as tbe one wbo f ur . Skinner, who won over Hornak, and 

rescue. homerooms are: L-7, M. O. Jones; | the 220 yard dash> and the high %££ £ tUs Leggett, who won over Ix>rd. The 

Meanwhile we can concentrate on H-7, Williams; L-8, Bender; H-8, j person is Delber Turner seventh and eighth grades aie just 

-the results of recent sports, the Thomasson; L-0, Malone; and H-9, ] Jump ' , . . beginning their intramurals, so no 

rescue. uomeruums aie. y. the 220 yard dash, and the high nishe( i the greatest “spark,” this ^ j 

Meanwhile we can concentrate on j H-7, Williams; L-8, Bender; H-8, ■ person is Delber Turner. seventh and eighth grao 

-the results of recent sports the Thomasson; L-0, Malone; and H-9, J , beginning their intramu 

S;uhr^het r :nd1e M meo,Ro SS on. In the younger boys’ division, j Delber is m he younger Mormation is availaWe 

for instance. I think the track If your homeroom didn’t win, (under 14 years old), Pershing toys d,vlsl0n of the dlvmg con_ __„_ 

boys really did well. Why, they don’t worry; there’s always next i placed first in the 100 yard dash, | S ' 

placed first in 50% of the events year. 440 yard relay, and the shot put. ^ S0 ln ^ ® younger ov r— 

, j, ^ contest, Carlton Harnman placed r * c\ c 

entered! . Now comes the time for me to when the fact is brought out that d * ft V O 

Oh, no! We have a mystery on say good-bye to my readers, few as p ersb i ne entered twelve events vou T Yu u u a- * * * ififST IN 

hand. One of Pershing’s gym clas- th be . You e an be thank- shmg yered twelve events, you In fte old b divl s 10 „ 0 f the JKjt ,N 

ses would like to know who the fu , that won , t find tUs column can see that our boys won one-half diving , Charles Teas placed tost f 

Phantom Eraser Fiend is. It seems , buttering up the sports page of 
as though their instructor bad the CHATTER during the summer 
written “Don’t dress. Line up out-, months, as there won’t be any 

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of the events entered. j Jack Saunders placed second, and 

In all of the city Pershing was j ^ut Casseday placed third, 
topped only by Lanier and Johns- Pershing can be thankful that 

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. side.” on the board one Tuesday, CHATTER, Let me remind you, I ton, and even though the track it has such fine swimmers and a 
because this was the day for health though, that I’ll be back when boys didn’t take top place you can grand coach like Mr. Gross to get 
class. But, when the boys started scboo j anc j your CHATTER returns, be sure we are very proud of them, and keep them that way. 

•coming in the door the writing —— ■ ~ ____________ - 

that greeted them shouted out 
‘“Dress. Line up inside.” By the | 
time the coach discovered what had 


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By Sherry Evans & ^ 

But these girls," being bold Tex-J JnF 

■ans, as well as Pershingites, did | ^ 

Pot stop at knowing just one celeb- > s <J 

rity. Perish the thought! ! 

Linda is a very good friend of j .W 

that “master -of the ivory keys”, >/ ^ P 

. Jose Iturbi, and was invited by him ^ 

to spend a month at his California j f J y U 

home this year. But oT debil school | ^ 

-interfered and Linda sadly declined j ---------- 

'/the invitation. / | c 

Another lucky member of the , WILL— 

.group is Charlotte Gouldson, who j 

-reports that she is a personal friend j (Continued from Page 5) * f ols, so she can throw her second 

of Ava Gardner (she has a letter t Bill Brewster, will my won- j hand admit away. 

from the lovely lady to prove it), ] derful grades in algebra to Low-j ^ Sabra Strat ton, will all of my 

and has met Ava’s handsome hubby, j ell Hill. homework I have had for the past' 

noner Frank Sinatra. As a mat- R Arlene Strong, being of sound , 

w of fact she accompanied him mind, will to my little brother,; three years to anyone who wants, 

Gnein 0 ’ lesson once. How Donnie, my understanding and! A! Especially Norma Imbt. 

swell teachers, because they have | I, Sue Stolz, being of sound (?) 
Arfotte met Ava while on a had to put up with me. !™“ d ’ "f 1 my wonderful tunes 

' f Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Stu- I, Louis “Saint” Germain, will j m the halls of Pei shing to my 
d°n in California. How do you sup- my skill in Mrs. McLure’s algebrar brother (?) Bob Barnett. 

pose she obtained a pass to tour the | class to my brother. !} WT , „ , ! 

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Xee Bonell and they have three' I, Lynn Smelly, being of not so, ® 

--ons Peter, Phillip and Raul. Miss sound mind, wdl to any unsuspect-11 |J 

Storm is also a former Houstonian, ing seventh grader my place on. 

Well, enough ‘oohing’’ and “ah- the bench at Monkey Hill. (Have < Little LSagUe j 

f or now. Get vour eyes back fun.) Is n . . « j 

soolie ,. s (if you can) and I, Tern Van Wagner being of fcnfflpHieat bee 

‘Lf , T A/ <W-drum’> Completely Shredded Ralston, Willi A 1r . n l 

■settle Jack o - in com- “y old dilapidated, much used ? Ill the Village | 

■existence-and whose isnt m com , ' TBR cal . d to Ann Ech- 1 !--- £ -5 

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By Karen Kamin 

| Hi there Pandas! What’s cooking 
in the fashion world? 

Of course, as we all know, it’s 
very hot in Houston—naturally we 
all want to be cool. So, of course, 
we turn to sun dresses. 

Some sun dresses are just per¬ 
fect for school. 

For the feet, even though loafers 
are sort of out of style, white 
suede loafers are going strong! If 
you can just keep them clean, they 
are great to wear. 

Let’s skip over to some hair fash¬ 
ions. Very short is still the style. 
Bows are being worn in the hair— 
seems to be the latest fad. 

It looks like the disks are losing 
out to ribbons and pearls. We see 
them being worn with the summer 
blouses to complement the lower 
. cut neck lines. 

| That’s about all from—fads and 
* fashions—for this year, Pandas; 
see you next year— 

So long— 




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Published By The Chatter Club of Joh n J. Pershing Junior High School 


Number 8 

Receive Awards 

Highest Honors For Junior High Go To 
Ben Lanford and Judy Whitehurst 

The highest honor that can go to a junior high student 
was bestowed upon four outstanding Pershing students in the 
school auditorium on May 26, when the American Legion medals 
and awards were presented. 

Students receiving the medals were Ben Lanford and Judy 
Whitehurst, who were selected as the outstanding boy and girl 
of their class. Runners-up and receiving special awards were 
Tom Mayor and Bonnie van ~ 

Griethuysen. school paper, the PERSHING 

Presentations of the awards CHATTER, 
were made by representatives of Tom Mayor, runner up for the> 

,, . . T . -j boys medal, is the son of Mr. and 

the American Legion m a special .T _ . ’ _ _ _ , 

° Mrs. E. A. Mayor of 2501 Dryden. 

assembly program. His ability and his popularity have 

Ben Lanford is the son of Mr. keen responsible for Tom’s fine 

and Mrs. B. A. Lanford of 2927 record. Tom has been ninth grade 

University. A record of scholar- class president, vice president 

u . , _ r . , v „ the Student Council and has TeA 

ship and service to his school has , . , “ , 

. , ^ „ tered m many sports. He has als> 

accompanied Ben all the way b8en 

an escort in two May Fetes, 
through his three years at Persh- ^952 a nd 1954. 

ing. His long list of honors in- Bonnie van Griethuysen, runner 

j elude several scholarships, member- up for the girls legion medal, is 

ship in both the National Honor another example of the kind of 

Society and the Student Council. student a sch ° o1 likes t0 bra * 
„ , ,. . about. Bonnie is the daughter ox 

Ben has also served as castaer in Ml . and Mrs ^ ^ van Gricthuy . 

the Cafeteria for the past year sen of 3603 Underwood. Among 
and has held many offices in var- the many honors we find to Bon- 
ious organizations about the school, nie’s credit are five scholarships, 
Judy Whitehurst, daughter of Mr. associate editor of the CHATTER, 

and Mrs. J. G. Whitehurst of 4624 and Honor Soeiet y member - She 
... . . , was also a duchess in the May 

evergreen, has also proved herself , , , , ,, 

; .. , . , , Fete last year and has held many 

outstanding during her years at ... , , 

, T) , . t j j ,. . ,. . offices m her homeroom. 

( Pershing. Judy s participation and 

leadership in the many organiza- —- 

tions and activities about the 

school is proof of her right to this m « 1 m 1 m ® 

honor. She has been vice presi- 1 VOISt 11 Fill 

dent of the ninth grade class, sec- ^ 

retary of the National Honor Soc- Eleven members of Mrs. Rollins 1 
iety, eighth grade sweetheart and Typing Club v ; sited the Pruden _ 
has held several offices m her 

homeroom. Besides these many t,al Bmldmg, Thursday, May 20 
honors, she was also* queen of the 1 anc ^ were taken on a guided tour 
1954 May Fete and for the past j of the building, business offices, 
year was the editor-in-chief of the a nd personnel department. The 

The Annual High Nine Banquet 
honoring Pershing’s departing stu¬ 
dents will be held amid a south sea 
island setting, June 1, 7:00-11:00 
P.M., in the school cafeteria. 

Guests will dine and dance and 
be entertained by typical Hawaiian 
dances. The walls of the cafeteria 
will be adorned with authentic fish, 
nets mingled with sea shells of 
various shades and sizes. Hawaiian 
leis will also be provided to add 
color to the festivities. 

Dinner will be followed by danc¬ 
ing and entertainment provided by 
several students. 

By Richard Harris 

A readership survey, conducted 
by Pershing’s sixth period journal¬ 
ism class for the purpose of dis¬ 
covering what the CHATTER’S 
readers do and do not like, was 
completed Tuesday, May 18. The 
results are described below. 

‘Ramblin' Round” and “Kandid 
Korner” were found to be. the regu¬ 
lar columns with the gi’eatest j 
amount of “reader appeal,” with 
“Panda Cub Album” and “Panda 
Personalities” running very close. 

In many cases, little added notes 
to the effect that the author want¬ 
ed “Prattle” back were written on 
•survey forms; therefore deep con¬ 
sideration is being given to switch¬ 
ing “Ramblin’ Round” to “Prattle” 
once more, although the contents 
of the column have never been 

In general, it was found that 
readers read the little humorous 
stories and short features first, 
then go to articles and columns that 
concern them and their friends. 
Next they read short articles and 
finally end up reading the longer 
ones and the editorials, if they go 
that far. 

Naturally, as the reader grows 
older his tastes change. For in¬ 
stance, the seventh grader likes 
“Panda Personalities,” but the 
eighth and ninth graders favor 
“Ramblin’ Round.” 

There is also a good, deal of dif¬ 
ference in tbe reading likes of the 
boys and those of tbe girls. For 
instance, it was found that the boys 
read “Ramblin’ Round” more than 
the girls. 

King Stewart Weigand crowns Queen Judy Whitehurst of the 1954 

■ pete. Photo by Harvey Wheeler 

On June 2, 1954, Pershing will welcome the 585 future low 
sevens to the school. At this time Mrs. McKinley and the Stu¬ 
dent Council will present an orient ation program. __ 

John Biggs, President of the; 

Student Council will open the pro- ■ * ne Chatter, in behalf of the 

gram with a welcome to the new j en tire student body, extends a 

students and their parents, after, sincere welcome to all new Per- 

which will be music by the orches- j shingites. 

tra, directed by Mrs. Claire Pat- j —- 0 ■ 

terson. Bob Jornsop the, newly;! , 

elected councilman-at-large will in- j g PP|| ./IffPFQ 

troduce faculty members. Tom May- j 5 

or, vice president of the student, yno #1 

Council, will assist in introduct-' Vv* i vJ&jJUlltl 

ions. j 

Following the introductions, the! , Mr ’ Thompson's World History 
cheerleaders will lead the group in ,classes f 0 ™ 11 * started «>rrespond- 
the Pershing School Song and fav-' m « with teen-agers in our own 

orite yells. Mack Kidd, new c oun- e0 “Tb “4 0teS ' 

cilman-at-large, will talk on “Your The thou £ h t was that, now, since 

Success in Junior High School.” the y were studying modem history, 

it would not only be fun, but inter- 
After the presentation of each ■ es ti n g and helpful to correspond 
service club^ brief descriptions of w ith teen-agers in other countries, 
their respective clubs will be giv-j jy[ r> Thomasson secured a list 
en. The Dramatic Club will then f r<om an a g- e nc y of the places the 
present Hercules Night Out, di- students could write to. The coun- 
rected by Mrs. Yvonne Wells, tries were France, England, Scot- 
As this part of the program is land, Holland, Sweden, Spain, Mexi- 
concluded, the Student Council will co, Canada, Belgium, Greece, and 
conduct a tour through the build- any state in the U.S. The students 
ing for students from the eight could write to anyone from the age 
schools ( West University, Mark of 13 years to 17 years. Many have 
Twain, Roberts, Condit, Horn, Will already written letters and are look- 
Rogers, Cunningham, and Gordon.) ing forward t.o answers. 

Furniture is being placed in front 
of the auditorium for teachers who 
do not have their rooms during 
their off period. This will enable 
the teachers to hold conferences 
. with parents. The furniture is be¬ 
ing placed in units so that many 
teachers may hold conferences at 
one time. Many organizations have 
expressed their interest in the 
plans, and it is hoped that the lobby 
will be completely decorated by 
next fall. 1